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Birketts LLP

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Tom Sharpe

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Birketts LLP

Work Department

Employment, Health


Legal Director


Tom joined Birketts in October 2010. He is a Legal Director in our Employment Team.

Tom advises both public and private sector clients on all aspects of employment law. He undertakes the whole spectrum of contentious work, ranging from day to day advice on disciplinary and grievance issues to a wide array of claims before the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court.

Recently he has advised on the successful defence of a whistle blowing claim against an educational establishment, together with the subsequent appeal (also successfully resisted). He also advises a number of NHS Trusts on the specialist subject of disciplinary action against NHS doctors and dentists. Tom regularly advises on restrictive covenant disputes and has successfully obtained injunctions against former employees who have attempted to unlawfully compete with their former employer.

In the non-contentious arena, Tom advises on redundancy exercises both small and large and in relation to TUPE in its various guises. He also regularly advises on the employment aspects of corporate and real estate transactions.

Tom enjoys steering clients through often complex scenarios in a practical and pragmatic manner, and is valued for presenting technical legal concepts in an easily comprehensible manner. Tom regularly presents training to both clients and the public on a wide variety of employment law subjects and also undertakes investigation work.

East Anglia: Human resources


Within: Employment

Birketts LLP¬†fields a 'pragmatic and efficient' employment practice whose ‚Äėservice standards are exceptional‚Äė. The ‚Äėvery down-to-earth,¬†unflappable'¬†Jeanette Wheeler¬†‚Äėinstils confidence‚Äė and leads the firm-wide practice from Norwich. Clients recommend her for her ‚Äėbreadth of knowledge and her common sense approach'. She recently assisted a client in the healthcare sector with an investigation into a senior staff member's conduct. Also in Norwich, the ‚Äėvery knowledgeable,¬†friendly and approachable‚Äė Matthew Newnham¬†is praised for his¬†‚Äėwonderful calm demeanour and his practical advice'.¬†Investigations and Employee Relations Consultant Lorna Townsend¬†leads the firm‚Äôs HR consultancy and investigations service, which focuses on employee relations.¬†'Thorough and pragmatic' associate Sam Greenhalgh¬†and legal director Tom Sharpe¬†are also recommended. In Cambridge, Abigail Trencher¬†is the key contact. For a UK employer, she handled TUPE matters arising from a foreign acquisition. Senior associate Katie Harris-Wright¬†is ‚Äėvery personable and easy to talk to; she takes the time to understand clients‚Äô business'. Fellow senior associate Lottie Seaborn¬†is ‚Äėgreat to speak to and has a unique personal touch to her work'. Consultant¬†Tim Tyndall¬†is also recommended. Catherine Johnson¬†¬†takes the lead in Ipswich, where senior associate¬†Lisa Hayward¬†specialises in share schemes.

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